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Drug test kits given to New Albany and Floyd County parents

New Albany High School gave parents a free gift at orientation.  The schools and local police gave away home drug test kits at open houses in New Albany and Floyd County high schools and middle schools.

"I'm probably like a lot of parents and think, 'My child's not ever going to do that.' But truth be told, it is a deterrent," said Ron Hardin, a parent of a freshman.

Hardin's not alone.  He joined dozens of other parents of New Albany High School freshmen in picking up free, home drug test kits for their kids.

"It gives kids an out.  It gives them an excuse that they can say, ' I better not do that.  Mom and Dad have one of those kits at home.  ' I may get tested," said Ofc. Steve Harris of the New Albany Police Dept.

Parents of sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth graders get first chance at the kits.  Police say they're of the age many kids first experiment with drugs, particularly marijuana and prescription painkillers.

The drug test kits measure popular drugs that are often abused.  But they do not measure alcohol, tobacco, inhalants or other substances like salvia.

"This is just giving the parents the power back," said Ofc. Steve Harris.

Schools have no control over the tests.  Parents do all the work when they suspect something is wrong.  They hope the test kits will have most of their power and influence sitting on a shelf, rather than confirming a parent's suspicions.

"It can be used as a conversation point and a teaching tool," said Hardin.

Some doctors contend the drug test kits could make teens resent or rebel against their parents.  They want parents to call a doctor for help should their children test positive.

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